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Connee Boswell
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Connee Boswell

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Birth name Constance Foore Boswell
Born December 3, 1907
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died October 11, 1976 (aged 68)
New York, New York, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupations Vocalist
Instruments Vocal
Constance Foore “Connee” Boswell (December 3, 1907, Kansas City, Missouri – October 11, 1976, New York, NY) was an American female vocalist born in Kansas City but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With her sisters, Martha and Helvetia “Vet” Boswell, she performed in the 1930s as The Boswell Sisters and became a highly influential singing group during this period via recordings and radio. Connee herself is widely considered one of the greatest jazz female vocalists and was a major influence on Ella Fitzgerald who said, “My mother brought home one of her records, and I fell in love with it…I tried so hard to sound just like her.”[1]
In 1936, Connee’s sisters retired and Connee continued on as a solo artist (having also recorded solos during her years with the group).
The Boswells came to be well known locally while still in their early teens, making appearances in New Orleans theaters and radio. They made their first recordings for Victor Records in 1925, which included “Cryin’ Blues” where Connee is featured singing in the style of her early influence, the African American singer Mamie Smith.

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